The sunset the last evening of 2017 was gorgeous – nature’s fireworks to celebrate the New Year.
A couple of the year’s other beautiful sunsets showed up on my Instagram Best Nine, fitting neatly into its unintentional bright pink/purple/royal blue color scheme. All of my most-liked photos were taken in Arizona, so, of course, they include some desert scenery.
Only a few coincided with my monthly photo picks.
1. #LOVE sign at airport protest 2. Star Wars Capacitance Electronic Disc (CED) 3. Sunset behind palms 4. Tovrea Castle, Phoenix 5. Buildings in Old Town Peoria 6. Hotel Congress sign, Tucson – July 7. High Desert Trail, Black Canyon City – August 8. “Let’s Be Better Humans” campaign bus – March 9. View from Picacho Peak – en route from Tucson
I thought the photos I’d picked for 2017 were more varied than the automatically-generated Best Nine list. But, looking back, almost all are plant- or architecture-related. I guess it was a good year for both those categories.
I wonder what 2018 will bring.
My elementary school art teacher didn’t like my trees.
The drawing I had been working on was of a whole forest of them – with trunks that were bent and twisted all different directions.
“Trees grow straight up and down,” she criticized. “Not like that.” She made me start my drawing over.
I remembered this while I was hiking recently.
And I wanted to laugh every time I passed yet another example of nature showing that I had been correct all along.
Find more trees over at Happiness and Food’s Tree Love Thursdays!
Fall color tends to come to Arizona a little later.
When we were at Boyce-Thompson Arboretum over Thanksgiving weekend, most of the trees were still green or yellow. But that just made this stunner stand out even more!
PS Also linking up with Tree Love Thursday!
When the nights get longer, so many traditions celebrate light.
Elements like candles, lanterns, and bonfires – as well as the sun, moon, or stars – often play an important part in autumn/winter holidays. Think of Christmas (and Advent), Diwali, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Lucia, Moon Festival, and Yule.
In the Southern Hemisphere, this season happens around their winter solstice in June with traditions like the Andean Inti Raymi (“Sun Celebration”) and the Maōri New Year, Matariki (“Pleiades constellation”).
Whatever your source, may you find the light and warmth in your life to guide you through every season of darkness.
During a mid-October camping trip in Sedona, I took this photo from the terrace of a coffee shop that closed just before we got there. At least we still got to enjoy the view!
Speaking of which, I was trying to take a panoramic photo of the same view and this (I’m sure perfectly nice but totally oblivious) couple just stepped right into the frame when I was mid-pan. Oh well. Bob and Doris, you’re part of this now.
Finally, I also messed around with time lapse shots a bit on the same trip. I propped my phone on the hood of our car to capture the sun setting over our campground.